Senior Network Architect, Technical Advisor – Global Technology Operations

Vanguard, one of the world's largest investment management companies seeks a Senior Network Architect and Technical Advisor to provide strategic direction and expert level technical leadership for multiple critical and complex initiatives in our Global Technology Operations organization as well as ensure we continually evolve a globally scalable and secure network. This includes tight collaboration with our Engineering organization and clients, participation in IT-wide governance, driving innovation, effective communication of architecture goals and strategies and building consensus among senior technical leaders.

Specifically, Vanguard is undergoing major transformations within our technology operations as we buildout new data centers, incorporate public cloud into our service offerings, shift from a tower based to services based organization, expand globally, and transition from traditional hardware based solutions to newer software based technologies (e.g. SDN, NFV, etc.). This role will be a key leader and contributor to our strategies for making these initiatives successful.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Conceptualizes, analyzes and designs prototypes/architectures that are consistent, compatible, reusable, scalable, reliable, and have optimal manageability and security, and perform well logically and physically
  • Stays current with industry trends and educates stakeholders on relevant industry standards and innovations
  • Develops multi-year roadmaps, updating as appropriate and ensuring adherence
  • Evaluates and tests 3rd party and open source products, and recommends buy or build options. Interfaces with architecture best practices trade organizations and research firms to achieve best in class capabilities
  • Identifies, analyzes and resolves the most complex issues elevated from IT project & operational teams (production or non-production)
  • Recommends alternatives that improve system performance and/or optimize productivity and costs
  • Identifies and mitigates risks of introducing architecture technology enhancements
  • Ensures that IT project teams comply with IT Governance policies, standards and procedures as well as verifies deliverables meet Information Security and Vanguard Systems Architecture (VSA) requirements
  • Partners with IT managers and teams to understand divisional business unit needs, and advise and influence on implementation choices
  • Ensures plans remain in alignment with Business and IT Strategic objectives and integrates with other architecture plans and provides cross-team technical leadership across multiple project teams and organizations; maintains ongoing productive relationships
  • Reviews and approves architecture-related documents developed by peers and technical leadership


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field such as computer science or computer engineering; advance degree preferred. Financial services industry experience a plus, but not required
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in specific technical specialty (Hardware, Operating Systems, Software Development, Telecommunications and emerging technologies
  • Exceptional conceptual thinking and analysis skills, couple with highly effective presentation, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Expert conceptual knowledge leveraging architecture practices and implementation concepts
  • Specific experience in creating, maintaining and enhancing multi-year architecture plans
  • Demonstrated record of recommending successful architecture technology designs
  • Experience conducting architecture reviews to assess impact of proposed systems and preparation of mitigation plans
  • Demonstrated coaching skills with other technical team members to further develop their technical skills and competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with peers and clients

Relevant Technology Experience:

  • Layer 2/3 Ethernet Fabric (Brocade, Cisco, Arista)
  • SDN Technologies (NSX, ACI or other)
  • Firewalls (Palo Alto and Cisco ASA)
  • WAN (Cisco & Juniper; MPLS, DWDM, VPN, etc.)
  • Hybrid Cloud Architectures
  • Amazon Web Services and/or Microsoft Azure
  • Load Balancing (F5, others)
  • Encryption (MACsec, IPsec, SSL/TLS, GetVPN, WEP/WPA, etc.)
  • Orchestration/Automation (Chef, Puppet, etc.)
  • Service & Financial Management (ServiceNow & Apptio)

Special Factors

Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.

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